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A Tribute to Lon Chaney Jr.
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Creighton Tull Chaney (February 10, 1906 – July 12, 1973), known by his stage name Lon Chaney Jr., was an American actor known for playing Larry Talbot in the film The Wolf Man (1941) and its various crossovers, Count Alucard (Dracula spelled backward) in Son of Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster in The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), the Mummy in three pictures, and various other roles in many Universal horror films. He also portrayed Lennie Small in Of Mice and Men (1939) and supporting parts in dozens of mainstream movies. Originally referenced in films as Creighton Chaney, he was later credited as “Lon Chaney, Jr.” in 1935, and after Man Made Monster (1941), beginning as early as The Wolf Man later that same year, he was almost always billed under his more famous father’s name as Lon Chaney at the studio’s insistence. Chaney had English, French, and Irish ancestry, and his career in movies and television spanned four decades, from 1931 to 1971.


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Movie: The Last Frontier ( 1932 )
A frontier newspaper editor Kirby battles outlaw Tiger Morris who is causing indian uprisings to drive away settlers so that he will can claim a gold deposit as his own. With the help of General Custer, right wins out. Presented in serial form in 12 episodes.
Movie: The Black Ghost ( 1932 )
Feature version of the 1932 serial The Last Frontier.
Movie: Scarlet River ( 1933 )
Unable to find open range near Hollywood, western actor Tom Baxter and his troop head to Judy Blake's ranch to shoot their film. Tom soon learns her foreman has been rustling and poisoning her cattle. When Tom threatens to expose him, Judy is kidnapped and the troop told to leave. With an expert makeup man available. Tom poses as one of the outlaws in an attempt to rescue her.
Movie: Sixteen Fathoms Deep ( 1934 )
A sponge diver hopes to make enough money to buy his own boat and marry his girlfriend. A rival diver, however, has other plans for him.
Movie: Of Mice and Men ( 1940 )
A mentally disabled giant and his level headed guardian find work at a sadistic cowboy's ranch in depression era America.
Movie: One Million B.C. ( 1940 )
Tale of Prehistoric survival and love between a male and a female belonging to opposing tribes that happened to be at slightly different stages of evolution.
Movie: Man Made Monster ( 1941 )
A mad scientist turns a man into an electrically-controlled monster to do his bidding.
Movie: San Antonio Rose ( 1941 )
A crooked night club owner tries to eliminate the competition. Introduces 'The Hut Sut Song.'
Movie: Too Many Blondes ( 1941 )
A man whose girlfriend turned him down and married another man tries to break up their marriage.
Movie: The Wolf Man ( 1941 )
A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist.
Movie: North to the Klondike ( 1942 )
Two friends in the Klondike come to the aid of settlers who are being terrorized by an outlaw gang.
Movie: The Ghost of Frankenstein ( 1942 )
When Ygor brings the Monster to Dr. Ludwig Frankenstein for care, Ludwig gets the idea of replacing the Monster's current criminal brain with a normal one.
Movie: Overland Mail ( 1942 )
Government agents Jim Lane and Sierra Pete are sent to investigate the breakdown of the U.S. Mail delivery in the La Paz country, which is carried by the Overland Company operated by Tom Gilbert and his daughter Barbara. Aided by their friend, Buckskin Bill Burke, they discover that Frank Chadwick, using white renegades disguised as Indians, is behind the trouble as he wants the mail franchise owned by Gilbert's stage line.
Movie: Eyes of the Underworld ( 1942 )
Blackmail and murder in a tale of an auto-theft ring.
Movie: The Mummy's Tomb ( 1942 )
A high priest travels to America with a living mummy to kill those who had desecrated the tomb of an Egyptian princess thirty years earlier.
Movie: What We Are Fighting For ( 1943 )
An air raid warden demonstrates safety measures, while a refugee from Occupied Europe reveals why she came to America.
Movie: A Scream in the Night ( 1943 )
A colonial police detective in an Eastern seaport seeks a stolen gem, and infiltrates the underworld by posing as a look-alike wharfside bar owner.
Movie: Son of Dracula ( 1943 )
Count Alucard finds his way from Budapest to the swamps of the Deep South; his four nemeses are a medical doctor, a university professor, a jilted fiancé and the woman he loves.
Movie: Calling Dr. Death ( 1943 )
A doctor is not sure if he murdered his beautiful but wicked wife, and has his attractive nurse try to find the truth by hypnotizing him.
Movie: Weird Woman ( 1944 )
While on a South Seas trip, a professor falls in love and marries an exotic native woman. What he doesn't know is that she was raised by superstitious natives who believe her to be some kind of supernatural being.
Movie: Cobra Woman ( 1944 )
A beautiful woman is abducted from her peaceful South Seas home and taken to Cobra Island, where her grandmother Queen wants her to displace her evil twin sister and vengeance against her priest and corrupt advisor.
Movie: The Mummy's Ghost ( 1944 )
An Egyptian priest travels to America in search of the bodies of an Egyptian princess and her living, mummified guardian, with consequences.
Movie: Dead Man's Eyes ( 1944 )
When an artist is blinded, his fiancée's father offers an operation to restore his sight. When the benefactor suddenly dies, the artist becomes a suspect.
Movie: House of Frankenstein ( 1944 )
An evil scientist and his hunchbacked assistant escape from prison and encounter Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster.
Movie: The Mummy's Curse ( 1944 )
An irrigation project in the rural bayous of Louisiana unearths living mummy Kharis, who was buried in quicksand twenty-five years earlier.
Movie: The Frozen Ghost ( 1945 )
A stage mentalist involved in a mysterious death and a discredited plastic surgeon are among the assorted characters involved in mysterious goings-on in an eerie wax museum.
Movie: Strange Confession ( 1945 )
A scientist who is working on a cure for influenza is victimized by his unscrupulous boss, who releases the vaccine before it's ready, resulting in the death of the scientist's young son.
Movie: The Daltons Ride Again ( 1945 )
The four Dalton brothers learn that a friend of their father has been murdered by a group of land-grabbers and swindlers. The clean up the gang leaders and members, and then proceed to rob the bank controlled by the gang. During the robbery, three of the brothers are killed and the fourth is persuaded by his fiancée to give himself up.
Movie: House of Dracula ( 1945 )
Count Dracula and the Wolf Man seek cures for their afflictions; a hunchbacked woman, a mad scientist and Frankenstein's Monster have their own troubles.
Movie: Pillow of Death ( 1945 )
Attorney Wayne Fletcher and his secretary are having an affair, so when Wayne's wife is found smothered to death, he becomes the prime suspect. As the police investigate the murder, a psychic with questionable motives tries to contact the deceased woman. Soon, Wayne begins seeing visions of his dead wife, and other people involved with the case begin to be killed, one by one.
Movie: My Favorite Brunette ( 1947 )
Shortly before his execution on the death row in San Quentin, amateur sleuth and baby photographer Ronnie Jackson, tells reporters how he got there.
Movie: Oysters and Muscles ( 1948 )
Lou agrees to wrestle the Masked Marvel, believing he will be Bud's gentle friend McGuirk; but neither are aware that the Marvel's manager has substituted the menacing "Strangler" under the mask after McGuirk takes sick.
Movie: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein ( 1948 )
Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.
Movie: 16 Fathoms Deep ( 1948 )
Examines the dangerous business of snaring sponges on the ocean's floor that are sold via an auction exchange. Dimitri, the crooked-head of a Florida sponge-exchange, tries to prevent a ...
Movie: Kitchen Mechanics ( 1949 )
Lou and Bud start their new job as live-in caretakers on a college campus by trying - very trying - to get their own quarters cleaned up.
Movie: Fun on the Run ( 1949 )
Bixby College needs to win the girls' basketball tourney prize-money in order to survive, but a pair of gamblers have brought in some Amazonian ringers to play for the opposition and Lou, in drag, is playing for the Bixby team.
Movie: The Counterfeiters ( 1949 )
Scotland Yard cop goes undercover to catch a gang of counterfeiters.
Movie: Captain China ( 1950 )
Charles Chinnough, aka Captain China, washed ashore off his ship during a storm, is later rescued, but is relieved of duty when his former first mate, Brendensen (who thought he was dead), ...
Movie: Once a Thief ( 1950 )
A down-on-her-luck San Francisco woman, turning in desperation to jewel robbery, barely escapes getting nabbed in a heist and moves to Los Angeles where she gets an honest job as a waitress. Her troubles start again, however, when she falls madly in love, blind to the fact that her boyfriend is a four-flushing, small-time con man.
Movie: Flame of Araby ( 1951 )
In a mythical, medieval North Africa (looking a lot like California) a Bedouin chief named Tamerlane is seeking to capture the magnificent wild stallion Shazada when he meets tomboyish Princess Tanya of Tunis. When the two meet again in Tunis, Tamerlane has run afoul of the barbaric Corsair Lords, one of whom Tanya's wicked cousin is forcing her to marry. To avoid this dire fate, Tanya must arrange for a "dark horse" to win the forthcoming great race...which means a battle of wits between Tanya and Tamerlane, taking romantic overtones...
Movie: Thief of Damascus ( 1952 )
A young man gathers a group of friends and adventurers to help battle an evil sultan.
Movie: Battles of Chief Pontiac ( 1952 )
In pre-Revolutionary America, the efforts of a Colonial officer trying to broker a peace deal between Indian chief Pontiac and British and American settlers are threatened by the commander of a Hessian mercenary unit who embarks on a campaign of extermination against the Indians.
Movie: Bandit Island ( 1953 )
Nearly three reels of nonstop action without dialogue as authorities pursue a trio of bank robbers.
Movie: Raiders of the Seven Seas ( 1953 )
Barbarossa, a pirate, frees a group of Spanish prisoners and makes them his crew. On a raid, he takes as a prize a Spanish countess, Alida. He has fallen in love with her by the time he arranges for her ransom by the officer who was to marry her. Exposing her intended as a coward and a liar, he goes to ask for her hand but she has escaped, and Barbarossa thinks she is the one who killed his aide, Peg-Leg.
Movie: Jivaro ( 1954 )
A gorgeous American arrives in Brazilian headhunter country, seeking her scape-grace fiancé.
Movie: The Boy from Oklahoma ( 1954 )
Tom Brewster, handy with a rope but not a gun, rides into town and mails his lawyer's exam. When his lack of ability with a gun is exposed, the town boss Turlock offers him the job of Sheriff but he refuses. When the mail is robbed leaving him without a job to ride to, he changes his mind. But Turlock has misjudged Tom and Tom without a gun is soon on the trail of the former Sheriff's killer and it will lead to Turlock.
Movie: The Big Chase ( 1954 )
Plot has Korean-War vet Grayson returning and joining the L.A. Police Academy, which we learn in a flashback told by Police Lt. Ned Daggert to story-hunting reporter Milton Graves We also ...
Movie: Passion ( 1954 )
In Mexican California, a land feud erupts and murder is committed when rich landowner Don Domingo reneges on an earlier verbal promise made by his father to grant to the tenant Melo family a piece of land.
Movie: The Black Pirates ( 1954 )
Pirates searching for treasure take over a small town in Central America where they believe the loot is buried, but discover that a church has been built over the spot. They force the townspeople to dig for it, but there are more surprises in store for them than they counted on.
Movie: Bride of the Gorilla ( 1955 )
The owner of a plantation in the jungle marries a beautiful woman. Shortly afterward, he is plagued by a strange voodoo curse which transforms him into a gorilla.
Movie: The Silver Star ( 1955 )
A frontier marshal doubts his own courage when three gunmen threaten his town.
Movie: The Indian Raiders ( 1956 )
Three wagon train scouts get their settlers through an Indian attack safely, and to an isolated frontier stockade, only to find the Indians attacking again, this time in force enough to destroy the entire settlement.
Movie: Manfish ( 1957 )
Three deep sea divers get involved in murder while searching for a lost treasure.
Movie: Indestructible Man ( 1956 )
Charles "The Butcher" Benton, a brutal death row inmate gets double-crossed by his crooked lawyer. He gets his chance for revenge when, after he's been executed, a bizarre experiment brings him back to life and more deadly than ever.
Movie: Daniel Boone, Trail Blazer ( 1956 )
Daniel Boone leads settlers into Kentucky, but must battle Shawnee Indians who have been persuaded by a French renegade that Boone and the settlers are there to kill them and steal their land.
Movie: The Redmen and the Renegades ( 1957 )
Two episodes from the TV series "Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans" edited together and released as a feature.
Movie: Along the Mohawk Trail ( 1957 )
Two episodes of the 1957 TV series "Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans" edited together and released as a feature.
Movie: The Pathfinder and the Mohican ( 1957 )
Two episodes of the 1957 TV series "Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans" edited together and released as a feature.
TV Show: Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans ( 1957 )
Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans is a western series set in the 1750's during the French and Indian War in the Hudson Valley. The two main characters were Nat "Hawkeye" Cutler, a scout and first of the "long rifles" and his Indian blood brother Chingachgook, the last living member of the Mohican tribe. Together, they fight to protect settlers against the raiding Huron Indians.
Movie: The Cyclops ( 1957 )
An expedition to Mexico finds and does battle with a mutated 25-foot man with one big eye.
Movie: The Black Sleep ( 1957 )
Sir Joel Cadman, a mad scientist, kidnaps his victims and cuts open their brains in an effort to discover a means to cure his wife's brain tumor.
Movie: The Alligator People ( 1959 )
A woman in a hypnotic state recounts to two doctors the details of a horrific experience from her past life that began with the mysterious and sudden disappearance of her husband.
Movie: La casa del terror ( 1960 )
Casimiro, night watchman at a wax museum of horrors, is even more sleepy than his usual laziness makes him - because his boss, the Professor, is secretly draining blood from him while he dozes to use in experiments in raising the dead. These haven't worked so far, and the bodies have been waxened and placed on display in the museum to cover his crimes. His big chance seems to come, however, when he learns that the mummified body of a modern man has been found in an Egyptian sarcophagus. The professor and his two henchmen steal the body and take it back to his lab - where the experiment flops again. Or it seems to. While the villains are out of the lab, and Casimiro sleeps on duty, a bolt of lightning gives the electrical boost which the Professor's machinery has needed, and the body comes back to life. Then the clouds part, the full moon shines through, and the resurrected one becomes a were- wolf. When Casimiro sees it wandering the museum, no one will believe him, not even Paquita, his girlfriend. But the professor finds his subject alive and soon witnesses a transformation. Eventually, the creature escapes him and makes off into the night, terrorizing the city and ending up at Paquita's apartment...
Movie: The Phantom ( 1961 )
The Phantom, along with canine companion Devil, investigate wicked doings at the plantation of Mrs. Harris.
Movie: The Devil's Messenger ( 1962 )
Satan enlists the help of a suicide victim in Hell to lure unsuspecting earthly victims to their eternal doom. Contains 3 somewhat unrelated Twilight Zone-esque stories (A photography goes insane after raping a mysterious girl in the snow, a 50,000 year-old woman found frozen in an ice field is fought over by scientists, and a man's death is foretold in dreams)
Movie: The Long Rifle and the Tomahawk ( 1964 )
A feature made out of two episodes from the 1958 TV series "Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans."
Movie: Law of the Lawless ( 1964 )
Hothead Pete Stone has been arrested for the murder of George.
Movie: Stage to Thunder Rock ( 1964 )
An aging sheriff is put in the position of having to arrest the outlaw father and two sons with whom he was raised.
Movie: Witchcraft ( 1964 )
When her grave is disturbed by modern-day land developers, a 300-year-old witch is accidentally resurrected and terrorizes an English village.
Movie: Young Fury ( 1965 )
A group of young thugs rides into the town of Dawson and take it over. When the cowardly sheriff is unable to restore control, the parents of the leader must take action. The leader's father is an infamous ex-gunfighter, and he straps his guns on one more time. But will he be forced into a showdown with his own son?
Movie: Rebellion in Cuba ( 1965 )
A small group of Americans take part in an attempted overthrow of Fidel Castro's Communist regime in Cuba.
Movie: Face of the Screaming Werewolf ( 1965 )
Experimenting in hypnotic regression to past lives, Dr. Edmund Redding of the Cowan Institute in Pasadena has discovered that Ann Taylor is a reincarnated Aztec woman. Via her recovered memories, she is able to lead Redding and his associates to a hidden chamber in the Great Pyramid of Yucatan, where they hope to find the lost treasure of the Aztecs. Instead, they find two mummified bodies - one of a modern man, quite dead, and the other of an ancient Aztec, quite alive. They are able to return safely to Pasadena with both finds, but a rival professor, Janney, kills Redding and steals the body of the modern man-mummy. This he subjects to a resurrection experiment, which works - only the mummy proves to be a werewolf. This creature breaks free of Janney's lab. Meanwhile, a hired thief sent by Janney to steal the other, living mummy, is overcome and that creature escapes also. Two supernatural menaces roam the city that night...
Movie: The Haunted Palace ( 1965 )
Charles Dexter Ward arrives at a small village to visit the house he inherited from his ancestor who died there 100 years ago.
Movie: Town Tamer ( 1965 )
The life of Tom Rosser, a town-taming gunman-for-hire, takes a turn when a bullet meant for him, from the gun of a renegade, Lee Ring, kill's Rosser's wife, Carol, instead. Ring, had been sent by the ruthless Kansas gang-leader, Riley Condor, to kill Rosser. The latter goes to White Plains, supposedly to look over property to but his agenda is to kill Condor. Word gets around that Rosser is in town and Condor realizes that his gunslinging henchmen, Horsinger, Tavenner, Slim Akins, Flon and Ring, are no match for Rosser, and he sets in motion a plan that will use the law to eliminate Rosser.
Movie: Apache Uprising ( 1965 )
Various stage coach passengers and outlaws travelling through Indian country are forced to join forces against the Apaches.
Movie: The Wolfman ( 1966 )
An eight minute abridgment of the 1941 feature, The Wolf Man, released in the 1960's to the 16mm home movie market.
Movie: The Mummy's Ghost ( 1966 )
Nine minutes extracted from The Mummy's Ghost (1944) for the pre-VCR 16mm home movie market
Movie: Johnny Reno ( 1966 )
The townsfolk are set on lynching an accused killer held in the town lockup. But US Marshal Johnny Reno stands in their way.
Movie: Gallery of Horror ( 1967 )
John Carradine narrates five horror tales with macabre twists. A couple fixes a strange old clock. The Scotland Yard is after a serial killer. A murdered scientist seeks revenge. The last two stories focus on Frankenstein and Dracula.
Movie: The Female Bunch ( 1971 )
After a string of bad times with men, Sandy tries to kill herself. Co-waitress Libby saves her and takes her to meet some female friends of hers who live on a ranch in the desert. Grace, the leader of the gang, puts Sandy through her initiation and they get on with the real job of running drugs across the Mexican border, hassling poor farmers, taking any man they please, and generally raising a little hell. Soon Sandy becomes unsure if this is the life for her, but it may be too late to get out.
Movie: Dracula vs. Frankenstein ( 1972 )
Dracula conspires with a mad doctor to resurrect the Frankenstein Monster.
Movie: Spider Baby or, the Maddest Story Ever Told ( 1967 )
A caretaker devotes himself to three demented siblings after their father's death.
Movie: Flesh and Blood ( 1922 )
A convict hiding in Chinatown assumes the identity of a cripple to track down a businessman who framed him 15 years previously. He discovers that his daughter has fallen in love with the businessman's son.
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